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Essilor Announces 2011 Student Grant Awards

By Essilor News


DALLAS – May 23, 2011 – Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, today announces the winners of the 2011 Varilux® Student Grant Awards, a nationwide competition among optometry students. This year, 17 students were awarded $1,000 each in grant money from Varilux, and from those winners, one national award was given.

The honor of the 2011 national award belongs to Laura Talianu, a fourth year student from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. Talianu wrote the winning case study titled “New Onset Presbyopia and Varilux® Physio® Progressive Lenses Case.” The case study examined how one gentleman was able to overcome his presbyopia symptoms by switching to Varilux Physio lenses.

“At Essilor, we realize the optometry students of today are the optometry leaders of tomorrow,” said Dr. Rodney Tahran, vice president of professional relations and clinical affairs, Essilor of America. “Essilor is committed to investing in the education of our future leaders of healthcare, and the annual Varilux Student Grant Award is just one of the many professional development programs Essilor offers for students and professionals alike.”

Talianu and her staff advisor Tahrira Bedgood will each receive an all-expenses paid trip for two to Optometry’s Meeting to be held June 15-19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Talianu will be a guest at the 20th annual Varilux Optometry Student Bowl, the highly anticipated annual event sponsored by Essilor, and will receive $1,000 in prize money.

The students’ case studies were reviewed by a panel of judges and were reviewed on criteria including: dispensing skills, application of Varilux lenses to patient needs, analysis of the case(s) and analysis of the lens design and lens performance. Talianu’s report is available to view at under the “Services” section. Other 2011 winners are listed below:

    Tim Hougland, University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry

    Justine Aguilar, Pacific University College of Optometry

    Jaclyn Wray, University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry

    Chuong Dao, New England College of Optometry

    Lauren Nelson, University of Houston College of Optometry

    Aaron McNulty, Indiana University College of Optometry

    Jillian Meadows, The Ohio State University - College of Optometry

    Glenda Berman, Southern California College of Optometry

    Merin Graves, University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Optometry

    Chris Butcher, Northeastern State University

    Mariam Nathal, University of Waterloo, School of Optometry

    Sandip Randhawa, State University New York College of Optometry

    Jeffrey Lant, Southern College of Optometry

    Nadine Kerbrat, Pennsylvania College of Optometry

    Sara Lahoud, Universite de Montreal Ecole d'optometrie

    Christina Hines, Western University of Health Sciences


About Essilor
Essilor is the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States and is the market leader in progressive, high -index
and anti-reflective coated lenses. A pioneer in the development and production of ophthalmic lenses, Essilor employs more than 9,000 people throughout North America. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Thin&Lite®, Xperio® and DEFINITY® and other Essilor brand names. Essilor Laboratories of America (ELOA) is the largest, and most trusted, optical lab network in the U.S. and offers a wide choice of services and lens brands, including Essilor premium lenses, to eyecare professionals across the nation. Essilor of America, Inc. (Essilor) is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International, S.A., a publicly held company traded on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (Reuters: ESSI.PA).

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